Holkar Science College

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Holkar Science College
Holkar Science College seal
Motto Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Lead me from Darkness to Light
Type Public
Established 1891 (1891)
Dean K.N.Chaturvedi
Location Indore, Madhya pradesh, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC
Website www.collegeholkar.org

Holkar Science College, officially Government Model Autonomous Holkar Science College, also known as Holkar College is an educational institute in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It was established on 10 June 1891 by His Highness Maharajadhiraja Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir Shivaji Rao Holkar Bahadur XII, the erstwhile ruler of Indore belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas.

In the year 1985, the Government Holkar Science College, Indore was awarded the title of a Model College by the state Government of Madhya Pradesh and in the year 1988 the college earned the status of an autonomous college.[1]

Holkar Science College in 1964



The origins of the constituent elements of Holkar Science College can be traced back as far as the 19th century. The idea of setting up a college in Indore was originally introduced in 1887 by Maharajadhiraj Shivaji Rao Holkar XII, when he visited England for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. On 10 June 1891 the college was officially inaugurated by Maharaja in the memory of his father Maharaja Sir Tukoji Rao Holkar II to meet the requirement of education in the central provinces. As no building was available, initially the classes were started in Maharaja Shivaji Rao School for some years. A new building was constructed in 1894 between Navlakha and Bhanwar Kua area beautifully situated and full of countless trees. In the beginning subjects taught were English Literature, Sanskrit, Persian, Logic, History, Political Economy, Mathematics and Science. Oxford University graduate and Bar-at-law Mr. E.C. Cholmondeley became the first regular Principal of the College. The college was affiliated to the University of Calcutta till the first decade of 20th century.

20th century[edit]

The golden period for the development of the college was started in 1904, when the affiliation was changed from University of Calcutta to the Allahabad University till 1940. Dr. Prafulla Chandra Bose was the principal. During this period post graduate classes in many subjects were started along with some new subjects at degree level. In 1960s, Arts, Commerce, Science and Law faculties were started in the college. The College was then affiliated to the University of Indore, which was established in 1964 by an act of legislative assembly of newly form Madhya Pradesh state of Independent India. The state government declared it as a Model College in 1985 after which it was given a status of an Autonomous College in 1988 by Indore University with the consent of the state government and University Grants Commission, New Delhi. In 1994-95 it was declared as a Center of excellence by the state government and with the grant of UGC, employment oriented courses like Seed Technology and Fisheries were started in the same year.


Front Garden, HSC

Holkar College campus is located in the South area of East Indore. It is situated in an area between known as Bhanwar Kua which has a high concentration of cultural and academic institutions, including the Indore University, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Central Museum, Institute of Management Studies, Cystal IT Park and the Kamla Nehru Zoological Park. The Holkar College HSC has multiple halls throughout the campus along Indore BRTS and various lectures for science students are conducted within these halls, some major buildings are including the Main Building, Red Building, Yeshwant Hall and Chemistry Block Building.

Faculties and Departments[edit]

The College has Chemistry and Physics departments. The institute receives funds from the state but is autonomous with regards to administration and conduct of examinations. The HSC offers a number of courses in the field of science. HSC’s research and teaching is organised within a network of faculties and academic departments which includes:

Holkar Science College Main Entrance

The Department of Computer Science was established in academic year 2000-2001. It is an autonomous department under Govt. Holkar Science College affiliated DAVV, Indore.

Admission is restricted to students domicile to Madhya Pradesh.[2]


  1. ^ "Govt. Holkar Science College". Madhya Pradesh Govt. Poratal. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Govt Holkar Science College". GovtHolkar Science College. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 

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